Removing Floor Wax From Laminate Flooring

March 24, 2010

Man Removing Wax From Laminate FlooringI recently made the mistake of using a spray wax on my laminate floor. I also used a pad that looks like sheep's wool. After the floor dried it left fiber streak marks from the pad and now I have a floor with streaks marks that won't come off. How do I remove the wax from the laminate floor without ruining the finish?



By Javier from Spring Hill, TN


December 13, 20137 found this helpful

I just spent a week trying different methods for removing the buildup on my floors. I tried the vinegar, ammonia, and mineral spirits.routines to no avail. But what did work was zep floor stripper from home depot, a plastic scraper, a rag, and a sponge. I added a little more than the recommended amount in a bucket with water, and had another bucket of fresh water with a large, clean sponge. Wear gloves and dip the rag in the zep mixture, spread it in a small area, about 4x4. Let sit for a few minutes and use the plastic scraper, going with the grain of the laminate to scrape up the residue. Then use the sponge to wipe away the excess, squeeze it out and rinse the area twice with the water. I also used a fresh mop after finishing each room. The floors look great again. So don't give up hope.

November 21, 20169 found this helpful

This is the BEST and ONLY solution to removing wax build up from laminate flooring! I tried so many different solutions that I found and after wasting energy and money I'm so glad I came across your method to sanity before spending lots of money on new flooring.


I can't thank you enough Kittu. ZEP floor stripper did the job quick and easy. THANK YOU!!!

November 27, 20161 found this helpful

Heavy duty floor stripper made by ZEP says not to use on wood but doesn't specify laminate. Did you use it on your laminate?

November 28, 20161 found this helpful

Our dark laminate flooring has a waxy coating of floor finish on it that leaves it sticky and hazy. Would you suggest using ZEP to clean it? I have never tried the product. I have tried many things and nothing works!

December 6, 20161 found this helpful

I did use this on laminate flooring. It worked great without damaging my floors finish. Good luck!

February 18, 20171 found this helpful

I tried this and it worked great on my laminate that had been waxed for several years. A local cleaning company had quoted me $250/hour to strip laminate so I saved a ton of $$$$.

July 31, 20170 found this helpful

I used it on 20 yo wilsonart laminate "wood" floors. They were so bad and had such dirty built up wax that I was using it full strength in spots. I broke up the wax with the brush end of a quickie mop so I only hand scrub stubborn spots.


Mopped up and rinsed floor twice then went over with a towel on my feet. Finished w zep high traffic polish - just one coat - they look new!!!

November 10, 20171 found this helpful

I have tried all kinds of ways to remove wax buildup from my laminate floors .Your method using Zep floor wax stripper worked
it was tiring and took time but it really did the job Thank you

Take your time follow all steps do a little area at a time .after I poured a small ammount of Zep .on the floor I used a large sponge to spread it on the area I waited about 9 or 10 mins. then scraped the floor in the direction of the grain wiped that up and washed it with a damp rag. # did the process again it was so worth it. my bedroom


floor looks great now I need to do the rest of my floors

June 27, 20181 found this helpful

I just brought some zip cleaner for the school we have old wax build up in a new cleaners are not doing the job

June 30, 20180 found this helpful

What do I use to remove high gloss floor polish off laminate flooring please

February 15, 20191 found this helpful

Finally after years of experimenting I was able to remove wax buildup and ALL residue from my floors. They look brand new.


I never would have considered using a scraper on my flooring but it works like magic. Thank you for this ingenious tip!!

March 19, 20191 found this helpful

Can I use zep stripper on dark laminate flooring It has a haze and is sticky

March 29, 20190 found this helpful

What did you all use to scrape? Everything Im finding is a metal and/or razor edge. Im afraid this will scratch the laminate. Or a squeegee? But I imagine this wont work. Help! Maybe an ice scraper?

May 30, 20191 found this helpful

I see a couple zep floor strippers. What color is the bottle or could you give more detail as to which one it is. Friend used rejuvenate restorer on my laminate floors. Will this work on that type of laminate flooring?

September 17, 20190 found this helpful

I tried Zep it did nothing, then I tried Goof Off and it lossend the wax enough to scrape it. I have 3 huge rooms and using a plastic hand scraper works but its just to much floor.


Please help! Is there anything like a wide plastic mop handled thingy majig I can use???

March 6, 20200 found this helpful

I used a rug in front of my sink ( big big mistake) the backing on my rug got transferred on my floor ,leaving a mess and dont know how to remove it . It looks dark brown and Ive worked on this for 6 days with not much progress.HELP HELP

June 22, 20210 found this helpful

Too much work for this 87 year old

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February 1, 2019

How do you remove mopped on or spray wax from a laminate floor without de-laminating the finish?


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February 1, 20190 found this helpful

You can soften wax with a hairdryer and scrape it off gently. Then put some vinegar in some warm water and damp mop.


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February 10, 20190 found this helpful

Vinegar and warm water work if it hasn't set. If there is a long time waxy build up you can try the technique Judy suggested. Just be very careful not to scorch the floor. Keep kids and lets out of the area while working and keep water and dryer at a distance to avoid electric shocks. Flush the water used down the toilet unless you have a septic system. Don't do that then. Just be careful not to let the water go anywhere where kinds of animals can get to it if you dump it outside.

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June 17, 2016

I have a light color laminate floor that I used the store bought waxes on. I did not know that I should have not used those products. Now I have a brown color film on it and I need to know of a way to remove it.

Any suggestion that will help will be appreciated. Thank you.


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Some people recommend vinegar to cut the film, or a mix of baking soda and vinegar.
Hereare more instructions


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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

You can spray with vinegar, wait 15 minutes, and rinse.

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April 28, 2014

My husband and I just put in brand new laminate flooring (it looks like wood, and is grey colored). My mom came to visit and tried to help by waxing our floor and "surprising" us. She used a lot of wax. The stuff she bought was meant for wood flooring. By the time we got home the wax had been on our floor for hours. I know you're never supposed to put wax on laminate.

My question is: Will waxing the floor only once do damage? Or is it okay to leave it and just never do it again. It seems like the problem is when the wax builds up, so I'm hoping this didn't do too much damage.

By Irene H.


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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

As long as it looks ok, I would not worry about it and just not put it back on again. I do know of a lady who waxes her laminate all the time. It looks ok, but to me it is very slick and if liquid was spilled on it, I think it would be a fall hazard.

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March 24, 2010

We bought a home that had laminate hard wood flooring. The previous owner put Mop & Glo on them.

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